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Shame on you, Jared Kushner

Shame on you, Jared Kushner

Since it was Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, himself who brought his family’s Holocaust legacy into the political fray, it feels fair to force him to confront the way in which he is now party to inflicting his grandmother’s suffering on others.

Russian expert applauds Cuban coal exports but decries domestic policies

Russian expert applauds Cuban coal exports but decries domestic policies

The export of Cuban charcoal to the United States is a welcome development, says a Russian expert on energy, but the island government has a long way to go before maintaining a steady trade in consumer products with its neighbor to the north.

Two cheers for Obama’s UN vote on Israeli settlements

Two cheers for Obama’s UN vote on Israeli settlements

The Obama administration, with its recent United Nations vote, broke with another longstanding, unjustifiable element of U.S. foreign policy: automatic, unconditional diplomatic protection of Israel at the UN. The question is whether the change in policy is too little and comes too late into the Obama administration to be sustainable.

Czech member of Parliament to Cuba: Add cigars to shipment of rum

Czech member of Parliament to Cuba: Add cigars to shipment of rum

In a novel way to settle a foreign debt, Cuba has offered to pay the Czech Republic with 276 million dollars worth of rum and pharmaceutical drugs, Czech deputy finance minister Lenka Dupakova announced Thursday in Prague.

Economist’s advice to Czechs: Take the Cuban rum and sell it

Economist’s advice to Czechs: Take the Cuban rum and sell it

PROBLEM: What should the Czech government do with the 23 million bottles of rum that Cuba is offering as payment for its $276-million debt? There’s an easy answer…

An Asian cautionary tale for Cuba and the United States

An Asian cautionary tale for Cuba and the United States

As Cuba increasingly welcomes foreign investment, some worry whether the nation’s relatively sophisticated system of environmental laws and regulations and its natural land and marine preserves will prove robust enough to protect the nation’s natural treasures.

U.S. abstains from UN vote against Cuba embargo

U.S. abstains from UN vote against Cuba embargo

The U.S. has for the first time abstained from voting against an annual UN resolution calling for an end to its economic embargo against Cuba. The final tally was 191-0, with the U.S. and Israel abstaining.

Russian expert: No way Russia will reopen a listening post in Cuba

Russian expert: No way Russia will reopen a listening post in Cuba

Recent talk about Russia reopening its Cold War listening post in Cuba is just idle talk, a Russian military expert said last week. The Kremlin can’t afford it, he hinted. Russian President Vladimir Putin had said in summer of 2014 that the Kremlin had no plans to reopen the Lourdes center.

Global Links accepting financial donations to support Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts

Global Links accepting financial donations to support Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts

Global Links is responding to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew by preparing medical equipment and supplies that will support health services and hospitals damaged by the storm. Please read for information on how you can help.

Cubans in Finland take first step to appeal sentences

Cubans in Finland take first step to appeal sentences

Lawyers for the five convicted Cuban volleyball players announced that their clients were dissatisfied with the Pirkanmaa District Court’s ruling which indicates that an appeal is forthcoming in the Finnish rape case.

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